Unquestionably, the role of inspirational women has never been more important in society: Today, women face several enormous hurdles in schools, workplaces, and at home. However, the following quotes by some of the world’s most inspirational women show us that a better future is possible if we collectively try to make equity and fairness a global priority. For that reason alone, these quotations are worth serious consideration.

“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” —Amelia Earhart

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I don’t invest any energy in them because I know who I am.” –Michelle Obama

“I learned always to take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” –Virginia Rometty, IBM CEO

“We are here to advance the cause of women and to advance the cause of democracy and to make it clear that the two are inseparable. There cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard.” –Hillary Clinton

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” –Helen Keller

“I raise my voice — not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” —Malala Yousafzai

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” –Marissa Mayer, former Yahoo! CEO

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” –Mother Teresa

“I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from discoveries.” —Marie Curie

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would also be free.” –Rosa Parks

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future; act now, without delay.” –Simone de Beauvoir

“Virtue can only flourish among equals.” —Mary Wollstonecraft


Located in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Catherine Barnes is an established educator and author. She is also the owner of two businesses: Sudden Impact Solutions and Dare 2 Dream Travel Agency. At Sudden Impact Solutions, Catherine provides expert consulting and coaching services, helping women reach their potential through personal and professional development, as well as mental health first aid training. She opened Dare 2 Dream Travel Agency almost five years ago.